This week on Perpetual Chess, Pro Chess League and US Chess School founder IM Greg Shahade makes his annual return to the podcast. Instead of giving a detailed description of all that we discussed, my New Years Resolution for the podcast is to endeavor to provide timestamps of the major topics that each guest addresses. Below, you can find this week's timestamps, including any relevant links. As always, you can keep up with Greg on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
0-20:50- Greg previews the upcoming Pro Chess League season. It returns on January 8 on Chess.com
20:50- Greg discusses his ideas for improving the format of the World Chess Championship. The blog posts with Greg's suggestions that we referenced are here and here.
32:10- We discuss Greg’s love for Puzzle Rush on Chess.com
37:45- How necessary are chess books for improvement in the modern chess era? The game we were discussing between FM Christopher Yoo and GM Le Quang Liem can be seen here.
44:00- A listener inquires, whatever happened to the book that Greg discussed writing in his first appearance on Perpetual Chess?
49:10- Greg ranks his top 5 chess players of all time!
53:15- Greg’s advice for improving at blitz and action chess, including a fun story about a high stakes blitz match between Greg and GM Jan Gustafsson.
1:03:45- We devolve into non-chess related talk from this point forward- this includes a discussion of Greg’s Crossfit strategies and peccadillos, plus Greg tells the story of when he tried out for American Idol, and reveals some of his favorite songs.
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